In further move to ensure that wealth is being created and poverty reduced to its barest minimum in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA) has trained 110 youths on Photography and Videography.

The free training programme enables participants to gain professional photography; videography and entrepreneurial skills, thereby enabling them create new enterprises, employment and generate wealth.  The training programme which lasted for 12days, took place between 12th and 23rd of November, 2018 at the AEA Auditorium and some other locations in FCT. The Managing Director of AEA, Muhammed Tukur Arabi, said the training was based on the FCT Administration’s desire to build capacity of the FCT residents to start and successfully run their businesses. 

According to Arabi, “The training programme covered two important aspects that guarantee a successful business, namely entrepreneurial course and a skill acquisition course in photography and videography, and the FCT administration has proactively approved the distribution of starter packs in the form of photography equipment (camera) for the best 10 participants.” Muhammed Tukur Arabi who was represented by Mr Chudi Ezirigwe, expressed great satisfaction with the participants and facilitators throughout the duration of the programme. He disclosed provision of business advisory to guide them on a step by step process of starting and running their businesses and expressed appreciation to the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello for showing interest in developing youths in FCT.

The Managing Director also called on all stakeholders to support participants by facilitating access to workplace, finance and mentorship programmes. “The FCT Administration has proactively approved the distribution of starter packs in the form of photography equipment for the best 10 participants; this will help them start their photography businesses,” he stressed.

While urging the participants to maximize the skills acquired, he issued certificates to them and ten outstanding ones among them were given starter packs in form of state-of-the-art cameras and auxiliary gadgets to enable them effectively maximize the acquired photography knowledge. Some of the participants, who described the training programme as amazing, commended the AEA for the rare opportunity for the sharing of photography knowledge. One of the participants, Sa’a Maccido said, “The intensive training on photography has taught me all the basic things I need to know as a photographer. “I am so glad that I am part of this and I am glad I won a camera. I see myself as one of the top photographers in Nigeria in the near future

By Ifeyinwa Amulu